Tröegs Sunshine Pils | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Sunshine PilsTröegs Sunshine Pils

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 608 | Ratings: 1,624
Photo of citizencane
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with slight head and decent amount of lacing. Smell is of faint bread and hops. Taste is similar but stronger and more developed. Feel is crisp and light but not thin. Solid example of the style.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

See through yellow pilsner look with a quickly receeding white head. Very much a pilsner scent of bready malt with slight hops. Flavor follows well with malts dominating and a slight hop bite to even things out. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel, dry and crisp. Good pilsner.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow with a white head. Head fades quickly to a thin skin but does offer decent side glass lace.
Aroma has bread malts, some lemon rind and some faint spicy hops.
Taste: A lemon splash, refreshing, more hops than in the aroma but a nice balance with the bread malts. Hops give a bit of a bitter bite with a dry finish.
This has more going on than your average Pilsner.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from NC.

Excellent looks: clear pale golden body with a proportionate creamy off-white head that has partial retention and that leaves spots and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma: bready for style. Some lemony notes.

Flavor: Mild bitterness. More hop flavor than the aroma suggests; faint bready malts. Clean.

Medium+ carbonation with a soft feel in a light body. Semi-dry finish.

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Photo of bwood06
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted something light the night before running a half marathon, so I ordered this on tap at a local burger joint in Indianapolis. The beer arrived at the table and featured a bright golden hue and was nice and clear in appearance. This beer features a foamy white head that is about 2 fingers high and dissipates slowly to a thin lacing. Visible carbonation is moderate. 4.25/5 The aroma features a very light maltiness, rather focusing more on a lemony spritz with its associated citrus rind. Light caramel comes out and helps round out the citrus by providing a sweet counterpoint. 4/5 This beer is fairly hoppy, but not overly hoppy. Lemony spritz and citrus peel come out fairly strongly and slightly overpower the light malt bill. The malt comes across as more of a sourdough bread than anything. There is a decent bitterness associated with the lemon and citrus rind that lingers for quite some time after swallowing. 3.75/5 The carbonation burn is fairly significant and lasts for quite a while. Drying is moderate and lingers after swallowing. Light bodied and crisp throughout. 4/5 Very good representation of the German Pilsner style. Light malt, dry, and fairly hoppy. Simple and straightforward flavors makes for an easily sessionable beer. 4/5

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The typical straw yellow pilsner, with pleasant carbonation. Smells mostly clean, slightly floral and slightly sour. Tastes exceptionally clean with a bit of sourness initially that fades into a slight noble hop aftertaste. An excellent take on the style, a style that I rarely would rate this high.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light straw colour, completely transparent with a foamy white head.

The smell is heavy grass with a little bit of biscuit.

The taste is light, grassy, a little bitterness. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

A very good pilsner, light and grassy.

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Photo of TH28
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 7/21/16 bb date. Appearance: As pale yellow as it gets, crystal clear, with a light fluffy white head Aroma: Herbal and spicy Saaz hops with a touch of bready malt. Taste: Soft, lightly bready and caramel malt with a fairly strong diacetyl butter, giving way to a strong herbal and spicy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderately high carbonation. Finish: Dry, sticky on the palate, with lingering herbal hoppiness Overall: It’s almost like drinking a slightly lighter Pilsner Urquell. Definitely has the soft bready and caramel malty profile, with a slightly stronger diacetyl note, and a bright, sharp bitterness that balances it all out. Beautiful beer

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Photo of SawDog505
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass best by on the 10/24/16. Pours a nice straw yellow with a 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves a nice ring of lace.

Smell is bready, biscuit, lemon, and some pine.

Taste follows bready and biscuit followed by lemon and pine.

Mouthfeel is less than medium but not light, plenty of life, maybe a little dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is what you expect, a very nice pilsner.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a crystal clear pale yellow color with streams of carbonation, and a fluffy eggshell white head that lingers indefinitely and leaves excellent lacing.

The aroma is very bright and clean Noble hops. Fresh hewn grass, bordering on chive and white pepper spiciness, lots of lemon tartness, and pale grain sweetness.

The taste is excellently balanced and refreshing. Crackery and lightly grainy maltiness, with just a dollop of honey, and then a crisp grassy balance. A kiss of lemon, a touch of honey, a zing of white pepper, and a floral note like clovers. Finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, with your taste buds begging you for more.

The mouthfeel is light, but never watery, displays both malt and hop characteristics fantastically; the carbonation is bitey and soda-like, which helps the beer feel smooth and filling. I know the term is tired and overused, but this beer is crushable. It drinks like lemonade on a hot summer day.

This is one of the best American pilsners I know of, currently. Go. Buy it. Enjoy it.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw/light golden colored with a fizzy head, slight froth to it.

Aroma: cracker,, grain, floral

Taste: mild bitterness up front, not much going on in the flavor department that I can detect but I feel that way about most Pilseners (sorry).

Feel: dry, crisp, thin

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Photo of cellarboy
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft, 20 oz Nonic pints.

L: Lovely straw/golden with excellent clarity and a persistent white head. Nice lacing on glass as the beer was consumed.
S: Some sweet, cookie-like malt with subtle, floral, noble hop.
T: Nice pils malt with building hop flavor and bitterness that never overwhelms the palate and is very much in balance.
F: Soft, clean, crisp, with good carbination.
Overall: Very suppable, balanced, and refreshing pils, certainly more Bavarian than Bohemian. I was looking for a nice pils after a fairly hot day, and this was perfect - refreshing and great with a pub burger and by itself. Would be quite happy to drink this all year!

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Photo of SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer for the style. I expected a bit more of a hop punch but didn't really get it. The smell and tastes are very much as expected - light, grainy, lager. Goes down easy on a nice summer day. nb

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Photo of hman43
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours light golden with a moderate white head. It is very clear. The head does produce a little bit of lacing.

Smell: The aromas are grainy with a low amount of flowery compliment.

Taste: It has a sweet start with moderate bitterness in the taste. The grainy flavors are highlighted with low floral notes. It has a clean taste.

Feel: It has a light feel to it with moderate bitterness that last through the finish and lingers a bit. It is clean and crisp.

Overall, this is a clean, crisp beer that highlights the grainy aromas and flavors with floral compliments.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Last bottle from the six-pack I picked up earlier this month; "freshest by" date says August 11th, 2016 so I'm assuming this is pretty fresh.

Pours a very pale clear yellowy color; once in the glass it is definitely that nice clear golden pilsner-y color, though perhaps on the paler end than some others I've had in the past. There's a huge swirl of bubbles during pouring, and a pretty steady stream of fast-rising bubbles from the bottom afterward. Small layer of white foam on top, which shrinks into a thin cap and thicker ring around the edges shortly. Yep, looks like a pilsner!

The smell, too, is very "pilsner-y." There's a very dough-like feel to the malt smell I'm getting here. There's also a noticeable bit of that spicy/dry-grassy noble hop smell, and a bit of background sweetness. It's a very nice mix of smells and is very "beery" overall, seems very German-ish.

Taste is, as with many pilsners, similar to the smell but with a lot more "oomph" to it -- the bitterness from the hops stands out MUCH more than most of the other pilsners I've tried up to this point, and along with the pure bitterness there's also quite a lot of hop flavor, mostly in the spicy/herbal and slight dry-grassy range. There's a particular dry-leafy flavor I get every now and then that I haven't noticed in other pilsners; not sure if that's just the result of more hops being used in this vs. other pilsners, or an effect of the *type* of hops used, but it definitely stands out. It's noticeable in the smell too, though more so after about half the glass has emptied out -- maybe that's a flavor/smell that comes out more as the beer warms a bit. The pilsner malt flavor is definitely there too, but the one downside I can find to this beer is that nice malt flavor does sometimes get drowned out by the hops. If you like your pilsners more malty than hoppy, this may not be one of your favorites, as this is definitely a hoppier example of the style. If you prefer a hoppier pilsner, though -- try some of this ASAP while it (a summer seasonal) is still fresh on the shelves!

Feel is light but not watery, definitely leaning very far to the dry side rather than sweet/sticky, a bit prickly. Pricklier than I usually like, but for this beer (or maybe the pilsner style in general?) it just "works" somehow. Prickliness calms down a bit after a while, but it's still a very noticeably carbonated beer even then.

Overall, a very nice pilsner that I'm glad I randomly picked up to try. Works nicely together with food but also definitely has enough flavor to it that it can be a "just having a beer or two" beer on its own, too. I suspect my dad, who has always preferred German-style lagers and has mentioned adding some extra hops when homebrewing his own decades ago, would probably like this beer -- maybe I should bring him a bottle or two to try sometime (though it'll have to wait until I buy more, of course, as this six-pack is now gone! XD)

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear straw yellow with a dense, creamy white foam head. Smells pretty skunky and citrusy with lemony citrus peel, bready honey grain malts, floral pine and dank earthy grass. Tastes bitter and citrusy with fresh pine, lemony citrus, biscuit, cracker, mild honey malt, tobacco, spice, and dank herbal earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice pilsner.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An elegant pilsner made with Saaz and Hersbrucker hops. The color is light, bright, and clear yellow, with a white head. The head is not large but does leave some lacing. Its aroma is floral and waxy, emerging gently and appealing, with a light bready malt in the background. The taste is nicely balanced, the malt and hops complementary. Since it is made with aroma hops one might not expect much bitterness, but some is definitely present. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. In fact, "clear" and "clean" are adjectives that apply to this beer in many ways.

Poured from bottle into nonic, best by date of "08 11 16" on bottle.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, lemon yellow color with a bright white head. The smell is fairly typical of a pilsner, slightly grassy, straw like. Very slight carbonation as well. Initial taste is very pleasant, crisp, clean and slightly sweet. The aftertaste is only slightly bitter. Overall, I'm really impressed with this brew for a light summertime beer, can definitely see drinking this after working outside.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Still trying to find a local pilsner that's better than Prima Pils and still haven't done it! This beer looks great, bright golden, honey color with a thick and foamy head. Leaves good lacing. Smell is clean and hoppy, slightly too hoppy for my tastes when it comes to pilsners, and with lots of lemon and crackery maltiness. Taste is sweet and slightly spicey at first, with grassy hop bitterness towards the end. Slightly too bitter for the style, imo. I also felt the feel was somewhat too heavy and lacking in the prickliness I like pilsners to have, I didn't find it as refreshing as some other beers for that reason. Overall, just pretty average in my book.

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Photo of BrewsingBuffalo
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: Bottle | Best by: 08/04/16

L: Pours pale straw in color. Clear. A soapy small head with solid retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Floral, spicy hop aromas up front, slightly sweet, crackery malt hovers in the background. A hint of DMS.

T: Floral notes are front and center, with spiciness lending support. A crackery malt base balances throughout. There is a long lasting, grassy finish. Excellent integration of hop and malt flavors.

F: Crisp, medium-high carbonation- but not prickly- remarkably soft on the palate. Light bodied and very easy drinking

O: Excellent. The flavors from the malt and hops are seamlessly integrated. The floral and spicy notes complement each other perfectly, and the malt backbone is intertwined brilliantly. Flavorful, and very, very drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TTen
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Troegs Sunshine Pils

L: Clear, straw gold with a white head. Good retention and a nice bead or 2 of carbonation. 4.25
S: Unmistakable pilsner malt aroma. A wonderful floral hop character. Grainy, bready, sweet malt. 4.5
T: Firm bitterness. Enough of the grainy pilsner malt is there to support the bitterness and some of the floral, spicy noble hops come through. Really clean and very refreshing. 4.25
F: Light to Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly hop bitterness and a dry finish. 4.25
O: I was excited about this when I poured it and saw it's awesome straw gold hue. It did not dissappoint. This reminds me a lot of Prima but has a little more bitterness and a little less hop character. I'll pick up six of these every summer from now on. So many good pilsners in SE Pennsylvania. 4.25

Freshest by 7/22/2016

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Photo of thepenguin
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a very clear yellow with hints of gold and straw, medium-sized head, pretty decent lacing and a nice steady stream of bubbles. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

S: Some dry cracker-like malt and a disappointingly small amount of spicy, floral Noble hops. A bit of stewed vegetables ¬– not quite DMS in my mind but similar.

T: Pretty hoppy for the style, with grassy hops and more cracker-like, very dry malt. Strikes me as a bit stale, with an unpleasant herbal aftertaste.

F: Medium-light bodied with abundant yet soft carbonation.

Thoughts: Fairly disappointed by this one – not Troegs’ best. It’s not that it’s a terrible beer, it’s simply lacking in flavor, pretty uninspired, with a bit of an off-putting aftertaste. Bottom line: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania fields far better pilsners than this.

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Photo of thebeers
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow with a thin bright white head and lots of little bubbles. Creamed corn malt aroma and flavor shines over the floral hops and mild bitterness beneath. Creamy mouthfeel for a pils. It's okay.

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Photo of wedge
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear yellow color with a small, soapy white head. Smells of crackers, biscuit malt, and floral, spicy noble hops. Pleasant hoppy flavor, grassy and floral. Malt presence is lower, just some faint grainy sweetness blending into a light lagery finish. Light and crisp. Nice spicy hop character - very refreshing.

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Photo of lic217
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Light yellow, clear, lacing
Aroma: lager yeast and bready
Taste: starts sweet and ends bitter, bready, floral hops
Feel: prickly carbonation, good feel for style
Overall: solid Pils

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